§1849. Effect of filing an application under this chapter; applicability

Link to law: http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/22/title22sec1849.html
Published: 2015

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§1849. Effect of filing an application under this chapter; applicability








1. Validity of certified cooperative agreements. 
Notwithstanding Title 5, chapter 10; Title 10, chapter 201; or any other provision
of law, a cooperative agreement for which a certificate of public advantage has been
issued is a lawful agreement. Notwithstanding Title 5, chapter 10; Title 10, chapter
201; or any other provision of law, if the parties to a cooperative agreement file
an application for a certificate of public advantage governing the agreement with
the department, the conduct of the parties in negotiating and entering into a cooperative
agreement is lawful conduct. This subsection does not provide immunity to any person
for conduct in negotiating and entering into a cooperative agreement for which an
application for a certificate of public advantage is not filed.


[
2005, c. 670, §1 (NEW);
2005, c. 670, §4 (AFF)
.]








2. Validity of cooperative agreements determined not in public interest. 
In an action by the Attorney General under section 1848, subsection 2, if the Superior
Court determines that the applicants have not established by a preponderance of the
evidence that the likely benefits resulting from a cooperative agreement outweigh
any disadvantages attributable to any potential reduction in competition resulting
from the agreement, the cooperative agreement is invalid and has no further force
or effect when the judgment becomes final after the time for appeal has expired or
the judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed on appeal.


[
2005, c. 670, §1 (NEW);
2005, c. 670, §4 (AFF)
.]








3. Other laws, rules and regulations. 
This chapter does not exempt covered entities from compliance with laws governing
certificates of need or other applicable laws, rules and regulations.


[
2005, c. 670, §1 (NEW);
2005, c. 670, §4 (AFF)
.]








4. Contract disputes. 
A dispute between parties to a cooperative agreement concerning its meaning or terms
is governed by normal principles of contract law.


[
2005, c. 670, §1 (NEW);
2005, c. 670, §4 (AFF)
.]








5. Termination; surrender. 
This chapter does not prohibit certificate holders from terminating their cooperative
agreement by mutual agreement, consent decree or court determination or by surrendering
their certificate of public advantage to the department. Any certificate holder that
terminates the agreement shall file a notice of termination with the department within
30 days after termination, surrender the certificate of public advantage and submit
copies to the Attorney General at the time the notice of termination is submitted to the department.


[
2011, c. 90, Pt. J, §18 (AMD)
.]





SECTION HISTORY

2005, c. 670, §1 (NEW).
2005, c. 670, §4 (AFF).
2011, c. 90, Pt. J, §18 (AMD).